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Solace is the UK's leading network for public sector professionals. Discover how joining Solace could benefit you.


We run a series of events and programmes ranging from our flagship Solace Summit, to development days, skills days, and much more.


If you need support in executive recruitment, interim management, or assessment, our team of experts will help you find the best solution.

Who are Solace?

Solace is the leading members' network for local government and public sector professionals throughout the UK. We offer a range of services including personal and organisational development, events, and both interim and executive recruitment through our profit for purpose subsidiary, Solace in Business. In addition to our services, we also have an active policy team, who along with our policy leads influence debate around the future of public services to ensure that policy and legislation are informed by the experience and expertise of our members.

Solace Blog

Ill words and ill deeds: putting democracy’s health at risk
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:55 PM

This week, in her last major speech as Prime Minister, Theresa May set out “grounds for serious concern” about the state of politics. She described “a coarsening (of) our public debate”, where “if you simply assert your view loud enough and long enough you will get your way in the end”. As well as highlighting […]

Kindness in public policy: the importance of leadership
Wed, 17 Jul 2019 11:38 AM

Recently, the Carnegie UK Trust brought together public sector leaders from across the UK for a roundtable discussion on Carnegie Fellow, Julia Unwin’s report, Kindness, emotions and human relationships: The blind spot in public policy. Here, Jennifer Wallace, Joint Interim CEO at the Trust blogs on some of the implications for local government leadership. When […]

Why can we not get local government funding right?
Tue, 16 Jul 2019 10:51 AM

The financial sustainability of our local government sector has significant impacts on everyone in our country. Yet the severity of the ongoing funding shortfall and the lack of certainty on funding beyond 2020, has still not made it to the top of government’s agenda – as Brexit continues to crowd out the domestic policy agenda. […]